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CULTURE SHOCK: CREATING A CHANGEMAKING CULTURE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:00:01 GMT2018-02-12T07:00:01Z

Increasingly councils are recognising that it is organisational culture not structure that drives impact. But what is the culture of local government? Why is changing it important? And how can such an intangible thing be transformed? In this essay – the second in NLGN’s Changemaking series – Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert draw on cutting […]

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Local Government and Participatory Planning in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Part 1)

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:30:43 GMT2018-02-03T09:30:43Z

Community participation in local government initiatives has become an imperative globally, including the UK, since it lies at the core of democratic values. Nonetheless, it continues to be a challenge, and it is often implemented in very limited ways, both in terms of timing and scope (see Till 2005). Enhancing participatory practices could not only […]

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Local Government and Participatory Planning in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Part 1)

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:30:43 GMT2018-02-03T09:30:43Z

Community participation in local government initiatives has become an imperative globally, including the UK, since it lies at the core of democratic values. Nonetheless, it continues to be a challenge, and it is often implemented in very limited ways, both in terms of timing and scope (see Till 2005). Enhancing participatory practices could not only […]

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Making a difference with social value

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:51:58 GMT2018-01-29T13:51:58Z

The Public Services (Social Value) Act was designed to encourage those commissioning public services to think beyond short-term financial costs, to how they could use their contracts to drive more value for local communities. Five years on from its introduction, the Act is making a difference. Last year around £25bn of annual public sector procurement […]

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Making a difference with social value

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:51:58 GMT2018-01-29T13:51:58Z

The Public Services (Social Value) Act was designed to encourage those commissioning public services to think beyond short-term financial costs, to how they could use their contracts to drive more value for local communities. Five years on from its introduction, the Act is making a difference. Last year around £25bn of annual public sector procurement […]

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Place-based policymaking after Brexit: In search of the missing link?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:00:53 GMT2018-01-23T06:00:53Z

This report explores the dividing lines that drove 2016’s decision to Leave. This report reveals the Brexit vote was a visible expression of the diverse economic trajectories, experiences and identities in England. This report, carried out by the University of Southampton and NLGN, confirms deep cleavages in public opinion and feelings of identity across England. […]

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Carillion’s collapse massively distracts from the real problems the public sector faces

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:35:49 GMT2018-01-17T09:35:49Z

Ask public service workers to identify their biggest challenge and the answer is close to unanimous: demand. The crush in A&E, the backlog of elderly patients desperate to escape their hospital bed and get back home, the children’s social worker buckling under a growing caseload of troubled kids, the homeless woman left on the street […]

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Carillion’s collapse massively distracts from the real problems the public sector faces

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:35:49 GMT2018-01-17T09:35:49Z

Ask public service workers to identify their biggest challenge and the answer is close to unanimous: demand. The crush in A&E, the backlog of elderly patients desperate to escape their hospital bed and get back home, the children’s social worker buckling under a growing caseload of troubled kids, the homeless woman left on the street […]

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What’s the point of Croydon?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:53:44 GMT2018-01-11T11:53:44Z

It’s interesting finding out what others think of your workplace. I searched for “Croydon” to try to get a sense of an outsider’s perspective. Recently, it was about how hard it is to get to Croydon – while it is just 15 minutes from Victoria, perception is in the eye of the keyboard. Other stories […]

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What’s the point of Croydon?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:53:44 GMT2018-01-11T11:53:44Z

It’s interesting finding out what others think of your workplace. I searched for “Croydon” to try to get a sense of an outsider’s perspective. Recently, it was about how hard it is to get to Croydon – while it is just 15 minutes from Victoria, perception is in the eye of the keyboard. Other stories […]

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A Changemaking Vision for Local Government

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:57:40 GMT2018-01-03T12:57:40Z

At a time of intense financial pressures and when central government’s mind is on other things, many are asking themselves where local government goes next. In a think-piece launching NLGN’s new vision, Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert call for councils to embrace a bold ‘changemaking’ approach focused on the core values of creativity, collaboration and […]

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The NHS at 70: We need to look beyond the symptoms of this patient in distress

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:55:12 GMT2018-01-03T12:55:12Z

The “NHS at breaking point” media furore has become a fixture on our winter calendar as regular as Christmas and New Year. Hospitals at full capacity, patients experiencing substandard care, the elderly and vulnerable hit the hardest. The basic story zooms in and out of media focus – the latest headlines will no doubt remain […]

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The NHS at 70: We need to look beyond the symptoms of this patient in distress

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:55:12 GMT2018-01-03T12:55:12Z

The “NHS at breaking point” media furore has become a fixture on our winter calendar as regular as Christmas and New Year. Hospitals at full capacity, patients experiencing substandard care, the elderly and vulnerable hit the hardest. The basic story zooms in and out of media focus – the latest headlines will no doubt remain […]

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Transformation Through Automation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:45 GMT2017-12-12T08:00:45Z

Earlier this year, NLGN and ENGIE launched the Tomorrow’s Places report focusing on how councils can practically use technology-led infrastructure, data analytics, and networks for better outcomes. The research highlighted the potential for technology to help local government transform places and create more sustainable and empowered communities. For ENGIE, robotic process automation (RPA) is a […]

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Transformation Through Automation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:45 GMT2017-12-12T08:00:45Z

Earlier this year, NLGN and ENGIE launched the Tomorrow’s Places report focusing on how councils can practically use technology-led infrastructure, data analytics, and networks for better outcomes. The research highlighted the potential for technology to help local government transform places and create more sustainable and empowered communities. For ENGIE, robotic process automation (RPA) is a […]

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Working Together For More Homes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:08:06 GMT2017-12-11T12:08:06Z

In September 2017, the Government announced an additional £2bn investment in affordable housing, and stated it will encourage councils and housing associations to build homes for social rent in parts of the country where the need is greatest. Other developments include increasing social rents to CPI (consumer price index) plus 1% for at least five years after 2020.

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Share the Health: Extending the reach of public health to economic development

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:29:27 GMT2017-12-04T12:29:27Z

It’s hard to find a part of local government that doesn’t affect our health in some way. From support for children and parents, to the maintenance of local parks and leisure centres, and the development of new housing – all of these have considerable influence over people’s physical or mental health. In recognition of this, […]

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Overcoming barriers to inclusive growth in practice

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:00:16 GMT2017-11-29T08:00:16Z

Last week’s Budget confirmed more grim economic news. Downgraded forecasts predict sluggish growth into the 2020s and productivity remains stagnant, and with it living standards which have now plateaued for a decade. So there is a twin challenge to achieve not just sustainable growth – which expands the overall level of economic activity in our […]

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What does the Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future mean for local government?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:44:04 GMT2017-11-27T17:44:04Z

Reading the Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future, published this morning, was no mean feat. From tackling the ageing population to transforming cities, its breadth is admirable. Yet, despite its length, it seems to leave no space for substantive mention of the role of local authorities. Although the White Paper sets out […]

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Budget 2017: The only certainty for local government is continued uncertainty

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:09:57 GMT2017-11-22T16:09:57Z

This article was first published in Civil Service World. The Budget was a mixed bag for local government. Councils face financial uncertainty after 2020, with grant funding still reducing, the definition of “fair funding” still pending and the prospect of business rates retention still dangling. The Chancellor recognised the priority to give businesses the ability […]

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